New York: Port Authority Bus Terminal Explosion

Update:  Chain Migration

President Donald Trump called for immigration reforms Monday after a Bangladeshi immigrant allegedly exploded a pipe bomb in New York City.

“Today’s attempted mass murder attack in New York City—the second terror attack in New York in the last two months—once again highlights the urgent need for Congress to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people,” Trump said in a statement.

The alleged terrorist Akayed Ullah, 27, entered the U.S. in 2011 through extended family chain migration. The terror attack left four, including Ullah, injured.

Statistics released by the White House revealed that 142,000 Bangladesh nationals have been permanently resettled in the U.S. on the basis of familial ties since 2005.  DailyCaller

Update:  The suspect in a terror-related explosion near Times Square on has been identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah.

Ullah is believed to be from Bangladesh and appears to have lived in Brooklyn. CBS News is reporting that Ullah is a legal permanent resident who entered the U.S. with his parents in February 2011 on an immigrant visa.  DailyRecord

Botched bombing.  The failed terrorist is an immigrant possibly from Bangladesh.

An ISIS-inspired suicide bomber set off a homemade explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station Monday morning, law enforcement sources said.

The man – a 27-year-old who lived in Brooklyn and is possibly of Bangladesh origin – had wires attached to him and a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack strapped to his mid-section as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub, sources said.

The man partially detonated the device, which he was carrying under the right side of his jacket, prematurely inside the passageway to the A, C, and E trains at 8th Avenue and W. 42ndStreet at around 7:40 a.m., sources said.

Police took the man into custody.

The suspect in police custody.

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the man was inspired by ISIS and possibly born in Bangladesh.

Bratton, who said the man had been living in the US for seven years, “was supposedly setting the device off in the name of ISIS.”

“So, definitely a terrorist attack, definitely intended,” Bratton said.

The man, who suffered the most serious injuries, was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

Two others suffered minor injuries, police said.  NYPost

Alveda King: The Dangerous Intent Of Unproven Accusations

Alveda King:

While recovering from jet lag in the midst of my first visit to Rome, Italy, I was stunned by a report that Congressman Trent Franks has been asked to step down from office. I immediately began to pray with an awareness that “the accuser of the brethren” is at work to silence the voices of conscience on The Hill.

Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has come at last— salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth— the one who accuses them before our God day and night.” — Revelation 12:10

Unproven accusations are designed to bring strife, suspicion, division, hurt and harm to humanity. Such accusations not only hurt people’s reputations; they rend the fabric of the One Blood/One Human Race Community. — Acts 17:26

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.”  Acts 17:26

This reminds me of the tragedy of Emmett Till who was unjustly slaughtered due to an accusation that was proven to be false after Emmett was brutally murdered.

Today in America this same tactic is being played and replayed where public figures are constantly being accused of a crime and/or impropriety and “tried” in the media.  Continue reading “Alveda King: The Dangerous Intent Of Unproven Accusations”

The Most Popular Bible Verse Of 2017

The YouVersion Bible app in 2017 has been installed on more than 290 million unique devices.  Engagement with the Bible app increased in 2017 with 16.7 billion chapters read, 3 billion chapters listened to, 222 million verses shared, and 120 million verses images created.

In 2017 the world’s favorite Bible verse was the words of Joshua, which showed up as the top verse on YouVersion that was most shared, bookmarked, and highlighted by the global Bible App.

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:19

Joshua 1:19 was the top verse in Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominion Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Sapin, Sweden, Thailand, and Venezuela.

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 was the top verse in Canada, Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Phillippines, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

The top verse in the United States was Roman 8:28.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Roman 8:28

No Prison Time For Chicago Woman Who Pleads Guilty To Hate Crime In Beating Of Disabled Teen Live On Facebook

What violent crimes do you have to commit in Chicago to get prison time.  The judges flawed logic is that prison will not help this violent person so put her back on the street.

Would this sadist woman have received probation if the races were reversed — white offenders and the victim was a disabled black young man?

A Chicago woman who live-streamed video of the racially charged beating of a teen with mental disabilities pleaded guilty Friday to a hate crime and was sentenced to four years of probation.

Brittany Covington, 19, has been in custody since her arrest in January.

Calling the incident “horrific,” Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks banned Covington from social media over the four years, prohibited her from contact with two of her co-defendants and ordered her to do 200 hours of community service.

Hooks told Covington he could have imposed a prison sentence but added, “I’m not sure if I did that you’d be coming out any better.”

Hooks said he hoped the strict terms of probation would put Covington on a more productive life path, but he warned she would face prison time if she violated any of the restrictions.

“Do not mess this up,” Hooks told Covington, who stood quietly in a blue jail uniform with her hands clasped behind her back.

The 19-year-old also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and intimidation charges. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped additional charges, including kidnapping.  Chicago Tribune

Wife Of Pulse Nightclub Killer To Stand Trial In Orlando

Noor Salman could face life in prison.

The wife of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub last year in the name of ISIS, will stand trial in the Florida city, a judge ordered Wednesday.

Noor Salman’s attorneys had filed a motion in September to have her trial moved to another city, claiming that media coverage of her husband’s attack and remarks from Orlando Police Chief John Mina wouldn’t allow her to have a fair trial, according to WESH.

Salman has been charged with providing material support to a terror organization and obstruction of justice, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Salman’s husband, Mateen, killed 49 people and wounded almost 70 others when he opened fire at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016 in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.  FoxNews

New Saudi Arabia Peace Plan?

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sultan is committed to modernizing and ending support for violent jihad.  He is transforming the Saudi political economy and culture out of necessity, Saudi Arabia has to modernize.  Today’s fracking and associated technologies mean oil prices will not return to past high prices.  The Saudi’s cannot continue exporting their problems (violent jihad), writing checks to the Palestinian Authority,  and continued cultural isolationism.

Caroline Glick:  A Credible Peace Plan, At Last

Not only does it secure the future of both Israel and the Palestinians, it enables Arab states like Saudi Arabia to work openly with Israel to defeat their joint Iranian enemy.
Monday, The New York Times published the Palestinian response to an alleged Saudi peace plan. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly presented it to PLO chief and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas last month.

According to the Times’ report, Mohammed told Abbas he has two months to either accept the Saudi proposal or leave office to make way for a new Palestinian leader who will accept it.

The Palestinians and their European supporters are up in arms about the content of Mohammed’s plan. It reportedly proposes the establishment of limited Palestinian sovereignty over small portions of Judea and Samaria. The Gaza Strip, over which the Palestinians have had full sovereignty since Israel pulled its military forces and civilians out in 2005, would be expanded into the northern Sinai, thus providing economic and territorial viability to the envisioned Palestinian state. While the Palestinians would not receive sovereignty over Jerusalem, they would be able to establish their capital in the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis.  JPost

U.S. House Passes Taylor Force Bill

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Taylor Force Act, which would cut U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if the PA does not halt payments to convicted terrorists and their families.

The bill is named after Taylor Force, an American and Vanderbilt graduate student and Army veteran killed March 9, 2016, in a terror attack in Jaffa.

Taylor Force Act Summary At Congress.gov:

This bill prohibits certain assistance under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 from being made available for the West Bank and Gaza unless the Department of State certifies that the Palestinian Authority:

  • is taking steps to end acts of violence against U.S. and Israeli citizens perpetrated by individuals under its jurisdictional control, such as the March 2016 attack that killed former Army officer Taylor Force;
  • is publicly condemning such acts of violence and is investigating, or cooperating in investigations of, such acts; and
  • has terminated payments for acts of terrorism against U.S. and Israeli citizens to any individual who has been convicted and imprisoned for such acts, to any individual who died committing such acts, and to family members of such an individual.Con

Last month, the measure unanimously advanced out of committee, including three exceptions: allowing for US funding to Palestinian water and childhood vaccination programs, as well as East Jerusalem hospitals.

The bill must now pass the full Senate, which is expected to vote on it this month, when the upper chamber votes on a foreign operations bill it was packaged into last September. It is expected to pass. TimesOfTsrael

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) statement after House passage of H.R. 1164, the Taylor Force Act:

“This bill is pretty simple: If you finance or reward terrorism, you don’t deserve a penny from the United States. The Palestinian Authority should be forced to choose between its despicable practice of paying terrorists’ salaries and receiving foreign aid funded by the American taxpayer. And until that time comes, no government that supports the murder of innocent civilians can claim to be a serious partner for peace. I appreciate Chairman Royce, Congressman Lamborn, and all members on both sides of the aisle for their bipartisan efforts on this issue. In Taylor’s memory, I look forward to the Senate passing this legislation so we can send it to the president’s desk.”

The Angel In The Sky: Skier Captures A Rare Sun Halo Over Mountains In Sweden

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”  Psalms 19:1 (NIV)

Stunning footage has captured the moment treated to the incredible sight of a rare ring of light surrounding the sun.

The atmospheric effect enveloped the low winter sun with a corona, known as a 22 degree halo.

They form as sunlight is refracted in millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the sky.

The breathtaking clip was captured by a skier at the Vemdalen resort in central Sweden.

Ludvig Lundin shared the footage to Facebook, where over five million visitors to the site viewed the eye-catching distortion.

Some even compared the phenomenon to the appearance of an angel.

Among them was David D. Sterling, who said: ‘That looks like an image you would imagine seeing before angels begin forming or first light up in the sky of Jordan on Christmas.’

Megan Tenaya Birchell added: ‘These are the kind of things that helps you understand people believing in angels. DailyMail

Video:  Incredible Video Of Spectacular Sun Halo Display In Sweden

David Clarke – Statistical Bigotry

The soft bigotry of low expectations.

The Democratic Party and the liberal left’s obsession with disparate impact race politics crept into K-12 public education. Their latest social engineering experimentation uses black and Hispanic kids in poor urban classrooms as pawns for political power. Education is secondary.

Liberals believe they can artificially wipe away serious behavior problems that are cultural in nature. They do this by labeling reasonable standards of classroom discipline as racist or discriminatory. When urban schools with predominantly black and Hispanic students enacted protocols that create an environment where learning can take place, more suspensions and expulsions resulted, accompanied by a widening of the achievement gap between black students and their white counterparts.

The knee-jerk reaction from liberals was to claim that school disciplinary policies that disproportionally affected black and Hispanic kids were culturally insensitive, discriminatory and evidence of racism. The liberals were confusing correlation and causation. School officials were even discouraged from calling police even in cases of violent assaults – that could also be considered racist.

Social engineers in colleges and universities began drawing up untested experiments using black and Hispanic kids as laboratory rats. They wanted to show that leaving disruptive kids in the classroom, instead of removing them for serious behavior violations including assaults on teachers, would improve scholastic performance.

Instead, disruptions and scholastic performance both got worse. Leaving disruptive kids in a classroom is a danger not only to the teacher but to other students as well. The university professors are nowhere near the classrooms to see the disaster they created with their inane idea, nor are they held accountable.  TownHall

Muslim Girls’ School In UK Does Not Provide Toilet Paper And Soap For ‘Cultural Reasons’

A school in a developed country – Great Britain.

$2,000 per year Girls’ High School, in Stoke-on-Trent, does not provide toilet paper, soap, or suitable drinking water for the students.

Sectarian material was found at the school.

A Muslim girls’ school has received the lowest Ofsted rating available after inspectors discovered that pupils were not provided with lavatory paper for “cultural reasons”.

Staff at the fee-paying Park Avenue Girls’ High School, in Stoke-on-Trent, said paper was available from the school office, but because most of the students were Asian, they preferred to wash rather than wipe.

But some of the girls told inspectors they were so unhappy about the situation that they avoided using the lavatory all day.

The school, which was visited by inspectors October, was rated “inadequate”, with the report identifying a range of concerns, including safeguarding problems and the discovery of sectarian material on the premises.

The Ofsted report stated: “At the time of the inspection, it was not the school’s common practice to provide soap for pupils’ hand-washing, toilet roll in the toilets or suitable drinking water.

“Toilet paper is available from the school office when pupils request it. Pupils told inspectors that they sometimes avoided using toilets for the whole school day because of this.”

But headteacher Abdul Ghafoor Salloo defended the policy, insisting the school catered for the cultural needs of the pupils.

“The children they do use the toilets and traditionally, because we are Asian, we wash, not only wipe. There are facilities for pupils to clean themselves,” he said.

“Some pupils, they avoid using toilets because they don’t like going in there.

“There are facilities for cleaning yourself in the toilet – it might be hard for someone who doesn’t traditionally wash to understand and washing is better than wiping clean.

The school inspectors also stated, “pupils are not safe in this school”.

The inspectors said the playground was also not appropriate because it presented too many dangers to pupils…

“For example, inspectors found windows, both single- and double-glazed, that were broken, sharp and accessible to pupils.”

Senators Cruz and Rubio Demand Justice For Air Force Colonel Leland Bohannon

This is clearly unlawful and unconstitutional.

 Leading U.S. senators have weighed in on the Col. Leland Bohannon controversy, condemning his treatment on religious liberty grounds and demanding an investigation into his case so that justice is “restored.”

Bohannon was the commander of the Air Force Inspection Agency at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. A highly decorated officer and veteran of two wars, he was stripped of his command just before being promoted to Brigadier General and his elevation was cancelled because he didn’t sign a document endorsing same-sex “marriage.”

“Col. Bohannon has suffered severely on account of the Equal Opportunity investigator’s mishandling of his religious liberty rights,” the letter stated. “The Air Force owes it to him to see that justice is restored, along with his good name.”

“Clarify the branch’s position on religious liberty,” the letter asked Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson. The senators further ask Wilson to “instruct the Air Force to issue formal guidance and provide adequate training to commanders so that they know how to properly and respectfully address the religious liberty rights of their subordinates.”

The letter called for an investigation into “the proceedings surrounding Col. Bohannon’s request for religious accommodation.” It concludes by asking that the original Equal Opportunity complaint against Bohannon be “reversed and any unfavorable note in Col. Bohannon’s service record removed.”

When a homosexual Master Sergeant with a male “spouse” retired, Bohannon’s religious convictions prohibited him from signing the certificate of appreciation to the “spouse.”  He asked the Staff Judge Advocate and his chaplain what he should do, and filed for a religious accommodation.

No accommodation came. Eventually, a higher ranking officer signed the certificate. But the Master Sergeant filed a civil rights complaint against Bohannon.

An Equal Opportunity investigator decided Bohannon discriminated against the gay Master Sergeant. Bohannon lost his job, his income, and his career.

The senators’ letter quotes Wilson in her confirmation hearing saying “‘Air Force commanders have a responsibility to ensure that the spiritual needs of all Airmen are met,’“ and the senators urge, “That time is now.”

The senators’ letter also points out that in Bohannon’s case the Air Force has shown that the religious freedom of soldiers is not respected by commanders.   LifeSiteNews

The Equal Opportunity investigator unbelievably claimed even had the religious accommodation been granted, Colonel Bohannon would still be guilty of unlawful discrimination.

The EO investigator determined the colonel had discriminated against the gay Airman – and went on to say that “even had the accommodation been granted, Col. Bohannon would nonetheless be guilty of unlawful discrimination.” 

Family Research Council’s Travis Weber :

[The DOJ’s religious freedom] memorandum relies on current law—the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 1300.17—which all protect religious freedom in the military, and thus protect Col Bohannon. Indeed, DODI 1300.17 requires an accommodation to be granted unless a military interest overrides it. All of these authorities clearly require the government to protect Col Bohannon’s religious freedom by not forcing him to personally sign the certificate.